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Exploring the meaning of bilingual provision in the Further Education sector in Wales

Davies, Laura Beth 2022. Exploring the meaning of bilingual provision in the Further Education sector in Wales. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 27 (2) , pp. 267-288. 10.1080/13596748.2022.2042908

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This paper explores the definition of ‘bilingual provision’ in vocational subjects in the Further Education sector in Wales, according to practitioners. The research is situated in the political context of the Welsh Government’s policy of increasing the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050. The research is based on a sample of four different areas across Wales and draws on semi-structured interviews with staff in schools and Further Education colleges. The study explores to what extent there is a consistent definition of bilingual provision. In the context of the debate regarding flexible and separate bilingualism, the article analyses the following components: teaching materials, delivery, assessment and bilingual teaching methods. It finds that there is an inconsistency in the definition of bilingual provision in the FE sector, driven by an emphasis on learner choice of language medium. The paper argues that there is a need to move away from this emphasis on ad hoc learner choice and offering provision, towards conscious language planning which will increase the number of learners following provision.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1367-0050
Date of Acceptance: 9 November 2021
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 01:47

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